15 Colorful California Wedding Venues with Lush Tropical Vibes

Want your wedding day to feel like you’ve been transported to a tropical island with swaying palms, vibrant blooms, and lush greenery? Thanks to California’s stunning landscape, you don’t have to travel to some faraway island to find your little piece of paradise! Whether you’re envisioning a toes-in-the-sand ceremony overlooking the Pacific or a boho-chic celebration in an urban garden bursting with exotic blooms, from sun-drenched shorelines to charming towns with all the laid-back island vibes, your perfect oasis awaits right here in the Golden State!



SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA



Paradise Point - San Diego's Wedding Island

San Diego, California

Fab Features: 44-acre island overlooking sparkling Mission Bay • the property is made up of impeccably-designed ballrooms, verdant gardens, soothing lagoons, bayfront lawns, and sandy beaches • indulge in a bachelorette paddleboard or surf lesson party, cruise the bay on a sunset sail, or gather for s’mores at a bridal party bonfire

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$ • $$$
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Bali Hai Restaurant

San Diego, CA

Fab Features: spectacular view of San Diego Bay and the downtown skyline • versatile event spaces with a tropical flair • unique "Hawaiian Village" outdoor pavilion located directly on the bay

Catering: In-house
Price: $
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Valentine

Los Angeles, CA

Fab Features: reimagined former factory with an edgy urban vibe + BYO catering • 9,000-square-foot site designed for large private events and courtyard weddings • endless photo ops thanks to the lush interior and its unique blue facade

Catering: BYO
Price: $ • $$ • $$$
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Grand Tradition Estate and Gardens

Fallbrook, California

Fab Features: sophisticated and secluded tropical paradise offering gourmet cuisine and exclusivity• the picturesque grounds are made up of lush gardens, several waterfalls, and a heart-shaped lake • dine and dance the night away under the stars or beneath the elegant open-air pavilion

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$ • $$$
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Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs

Palm Springs, CA

Fab Features: 16-acre desert oasis combines a hip, mid-century modern flair with a casual-luxe island motif • lush garden ceremonies framed by a spectacular mountain backdrop and receptions in the Old Hollywood-luxe oval ballroom • all-inclusive amenities include two swimming pools, a variety of drinking & dining establishments, and the largest spa in town

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$
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Zachari Dunes on Mandalay Beach

Oxnard, California

Fab Features: a luxury resort alongside the ocean shore • hold your ceremony right on the sand or in the garden courtyard with tropical palms, flowers and two rock waterfalls • treat your guests to a mini-vacation thanks to the beautiful weather, sparkling pool with cabanas, and direct beach access

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$
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Hartley Botanica

Somis, California

Fab Features: unique nursery complete with a rock waterfall and grotto, peacocks, and a sculptured rose garden • rolling hills provide a picturesque backdrop for ceremonies • receptions on a lawn dotted with trees, decorative statuary, and pots overflowing with colorful flowers

Catering: In-house
Price: $$
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Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa

Huntington Beach, California

Fab Features: relaxed, full-service resort presents an alluring choices of indoor and outdoor venues • al fresco ceremonies offer sweeping Pacific vistas • luxe ballrooms with classic columns, hand-blown glass chandeliers, and large foyers and terraces

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$ • $$$
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Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens

Santa Barbara, CA

Fab Features: 30 acres of lush gardens with ocean views, set between a bird sanctuary and the beach • intimate weddings in the Discovery Pavilion, with its floor-to-ceiling windows, built-in audio, and doors that open to an outdoor patio for cocktails • no need to rent elephants—they're already on-site, along with giraffes, lions, penguins, and other delights!

Catering: In-house
Price: $ • $$
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NORTHERN CALIFORNIA



The Holly Farm

Carmel, California

Fab Features: chic tropical hideaway tucked away in Carmel Valley • whimsical redwood bungalow comes with “island wild” décor and a wraparound redwood deck • a koi pond, sparkling waterfall, and majestic oak tree make a lovely backdrop for your celebration and photos

Catering: In-house
Price: $$ • $$$
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The Lighthouse at Glen Cove Marina

Vallejo, CA

Fab Features: serene waterfront oasis • al fresco celebrations on the landscaped lawn and waterside patio • cozy accommodations in the 3-bedroom Inn

Catering: Preferred list, BYO
Price: $ • $$
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The Palms

Chico, CA

Fab Features: tropical oasis tucked away in Chico • gorgeous al fresco celebrations in the private courtyard surrounded by lush foliage • rental includes a complimentary 2-hour consultation from luxury custom event design company We Do Design

Catering: BYO
Price: $$
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San Francisco Botanical Garden

San Francisco, CA

Fab Features: 5 stunning outdoor venues in the heart of the city • elegant tented receptions on the expansive green lawn • intimate ceremonies in a secluded redwood grove

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $ • $$ • $$$
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Conservatory of Flowers

San Francisco, CA

Fab Features: stunning glass landmark set in Golden Gate park • tented al fresco events held on the adjoining lawn • celebrations amid exotic plants, from orchids and water lilies to amazing palms and ferns

Catering: Preferred list
Price: $ • $$
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Hastings House Garden Weddings

Half Moon Bay, CA

Fab Features: private garden oasis nestled in a grove of trees on the edge of the Pacific • exclusively host small weddings under 30 guests and intimate elopements • exclusive use of the intimate ceremony garden, bursting with colorful year-round blooms, and private access to oceanfront cliffs for photos

Price: $ • $$
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